Born into war, Syrian boy is family's breadwinner

Mohammed Abu Rdan is just 10 years old, but he carries more responsibility on his shoulders than many adults.

He has known nothing but Syria's violence and conflict since he was born in Aleppo in 2011.

And now, he is the sole provider for his six-person family, after heart disease rendered his father unfit to work.

Abu Rdan braves the cold every day, hoping to hitch a ride to the cleaning product factory where he works.

"Everyday, I wake up at 6 am to go. Sometimes a car stops to pick us up and sometimes it does not. We go everyday on foot. We work all day from the morning until sunset. We then come home, eat and put our heads to sleep."

The year he was born, peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad's government began.

Those demonstrations quickly escalated into the multi-sided conflict that sucked in world powers.

Hundreds of thousands of people were killed, and millions - like Abu Rdan and his family - were displaced.

Since then, education has become a distant memory.

"We had a house and I used to go to school everyday and I was studying. Then we were displaced here and they destroyed our school and our homes.”

Abu Rdan works up to 10 hours a day for just $13 a month.

The work is tiring. He spends his days packing goods into large sacks - some twice his size.

By the time Abu Rdan gets back to the tent he shares with his parents and three sisters, he is so exhausted that he can do nothing but eat and sleep.

The tent does little to shield the family from Syria's harsh winters.

Abu Rdan has become an expert at making cups of tea to stay warm, working the gas cylinder with the confidence of an adult.

UNICEF said earlier this month that 90% of children in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance - that's a 20% increase over the past year alone.